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Dusty Destler, PhD

Antioch University Seattle

Dusty earned an MS in Mental Health Counseling from Southern Oregon University and worked with children in elementary schools of the Medford School District. On the Big Island of Hawai’i, Dusty worked with teenagers and their families through Child & Family Service as a MultiSystemic Therapist. Dusty completed his doctoral studies in Counselor Education and Supervision at Idaho State University while serving the general Boise community through pro bono counseling and volunteer efforts with marginalized populations. Dusty holds a small private practice as a licensed counselor in Idaho and Washington State and is a board-certified telemental health provider. Dusty began teaching at AUS in 2018 and enjoys exploring Washington’s thrift stores and wilderness.

Educational History

PhD Counselor Education & Supervision – Idaho State University, 2018
MS Mental Health Counseling – Southern Oregon University, 2011
BA Communications – University of California at San Diego, 2006

Teaching Statement

I believe that learning takes place within individuals and among groups through socially constructed means. Therefore, I aim for a balance between group discussion within the class and the completion of tasks outside of class. Under the assumption that I am responsible for the preparation and facilitation of the classroom, I hold that adult students are in charge of their own learning. Overall, my hope is to foster open learning environments where everyone can feel comfortable sharing their experience.

  • Destler, D. & Pilger, M. (2019, October). The novelty of novices: First-year faculty and students
    co-creating a CES research course. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Seattle, Washington.
  • Destler, D. & Doughty-Horn, E. (2019, October). STILL: Sexist microaggressions in CES and
    suggestions for reduction. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Seattle, Washington.
  • Destler, D. (2018, September). Photovoice: Facilitating photos with clients for social
    change. Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling Conference, Portland, Oregon.
  • Destler, D. & Rumney, J. (2018, January). Please share! Presenting your professional experiences to advocate for the counseling profession. Idaho Counseling Association Conference, Boise, Idaho.
  • Affirm Counseling, PLLC
  • Washington Association for LGBT Issues in Counseling
  • American Counseling Association (2015 – Present)
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (2015 – Present)
  • Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (2018 – Present)
  • Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling (2016 – Present)
  • Washington Counseling Association (2019 – Present)
  • Washington Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling (2019 – Present)
Dusty Destler

Core Faculty,

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Core Faculty,

Counselor Education & Supervision

CONTACT INFORMATION

Courses Taught

PhD

  • CES Internship Supervision COUN 8010
  • Advanced Counseling Supervision COUN 7420
  • Advocacy, Social Justice, & Professional Leadership COUN 7500
  • Advanced Group Counseling COUN 7210
  • Practicum COUN 7980
  • Research Method: Qualitative Research COUN 7140

MA

  • Communication & Counseling Skills COUN 5060
  • Counseling Theories & Practice COUN 5105, 5115

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